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Don’t Cry the Blues for St. Louis

St. Louis Blues upcoming season betting If you bet on NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals and picked the St. Louis over the San Jose Sharks then you’re still probably crying the blues. After posting a record of 49 wins 24 losses and 9 draws the Blues made it all the way to Western Conference Finals. With nail-biting wins over the Blackhawks and Stars in two 7 game series the Blues lost in 6 games to San Jose. Heading into next season the sportsbook odds favor the St. Louis Blues above many of the other clubs within the NHL. Those odds aren’t the only thing St. Louis fans should be excited about, but before we continue let’s see what the sportsbooks have to say for your bet on NHL futures.

Odds to Win 2016 – 2017 Stanley Cup

St. Louis Blues +1425

Those odds might seem higher than some expected, but when you consider that there are only a handful of teams ranked above them it clarifies exactly where the Blues rank in the NHL. Only the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Dallas Stars have better odds than the Blues. When your NHL team’s name is being tossed around with the likes of those it’s easy to find yourself getting excited for next season. But sportsbook predictions aren’t set in stone and odds are likely to change. Even when they don’t change odds-makers aren’t fortunetellers and it’s up to the fans who bet on NHL futures to do a bit of digging in order to find reasons to back their favorites for next season. St. Louis’ management has been creating more than enough reasons to convince online sportsbook users of their up-and-coming success.

Late May saw the signing of Ken Hitchcock to a one-year deal. Hitchcock is going to be stepping down after this season and will be replaced by Mike Yeo the current assistant coach. With this being Hitchcock’s last season you can expect him to give it his all when preparing this team for a Stanley Cup run. This offseason St. Louis decided to re-sign a couple of forwards: Dmitij Jasking and Magnus Paajarvi. While they might have lost Troy Brouwer – who’s stumble while making the game winning goal in game 7 against the Blackhawks was priceless – they have brought along David Perron to help carry the weight on offense. Perron was drafted by the Blues back in 2007 but traded in 2013. The Blues management has decided that the Frenchman has become more desirable in his old age.

Brouwer isn’t the only loss St. Louis has suffered this offseason. They’ve also lost their captain David Backes to the Boston Bruins where he’ll be picking up on their accent for the next five years. Brian Elliot was an ice wall last season for the Blues but he’ll be cooling off the Calgary Flames opposition next year. The Blues had a unique situation in the net last season and this offseason proves that they are ready for Jake Allen to step up and be their #1 goalkeeper. This move was in their best interest as not too many Stanley Cup winners have a dual-keeper situation. Other than those key losses the Blues will be heading into next season with the same core of players. With Hitchcock’s last year at the helm you can expect the Blues to have extra motivation for getting things done next season.